Future won the copyright lawsuit brought by rapper Gutta, also known as DaQuan Robinson, thanks to the judgment rendered by U.S. District Judge Martha Pacold.
When she dismissed a copyright complaint against Future on Friday, August 25, Judge Martha Pacold highlighted Notorious B.I.G.’s “Machine Gun Funk,” Kanye West’s “Diamonds From Sierra Leone,” Wu-Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)”, Neil Young, and F. Scott Fitzgerald in her decision.
“The thematic elements that [the accusers] address—guns, money, and jewelry—are frequently present in hip-hop and rap music,” Judge Pacold said. “The commonality of these themes in hop-hop and rap place [them] outside the protections of copyright law.”
According to TMZ Hip-Hop, prior to the release of the official version, Robinson claimed to have sent a draft of his 2017 song entitled “When U Think About It” to Future’s team through email. He claims that Future’s track ended up sounding disturbingly similar to his original song.
Robinson argued that Future’s song “When I Think About It” which was featured on his BEASTMODE 2 discussed a lot of the same material as his own, including guns, money, and jewelry, but Judge Pacold rejected his claim.
This isn’t the first lawsuit that the “Mask Off” rapper faced this year.
Future’s Freebandz Productions, LLC and Sony Music settled a legal dispute with a company whose name is the same as the eighth studio album by the rapper, High Off Life, earlier this year.
Z. Rich (actual name Zach Richards), an independent artist, founded High Off Life, LLC, an organization with headquarters in Atlanta, and filed the initial complaint in October 2020. Before expanding to stage concerts and provide creative services locally, the business started off in 2009 by selling clothes with the High Off Life logo.
Congrats to the Atlanta legend on this latest victory. Check out No Jumper to get the latest updates on Future.